Vancouver Foodster Iced Summer Drink Challenge Is On.

Vancouver Foodster has the perfect way to beat the heat this summer with the Iced Summer Drink Challenge. Running from July 5th to 28th, Vancouver Foodster has challenged cafes and restaurants around Metro Vancouver to create their best iced drink for the summer.

There’s plenty of variety so get out and try any or all of the unique Iced Summer Drinks entries prepared by the participating cafes.

The restaurants have entered their favourite chilled beverage, either from their existing menu or come up with a unique recipe for their Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge cup. The chef’s entries range from simple to fancy, their refreshing beverage creation can made of coffee, tea, soda, lemonade, frappe, shake or kombucha based drink, using unique and innovative ingredients.

As with all of Vancouver Foodster’s food challenges, a panel of media judges (including myself, @pigoutyvr and @shelleyhayashi) will taste and crown the Judges’ Choice Best Summer Drink.  The public is also invited to try any or all of the entries, then vote for their fave to claim the title of People’s Choice Iced Summer Drink creation at vancouverfoodster.com/ice-summer-drink-challenge. On social media, tag your iced tea drinks with #IcedSummerDrinkChallengeYVR and see what other’s are enjoying along the Best Iced Tea Challenge.

The participating cafes in Vancouver Foodster Best Iced Summer Drink Challenge are;

VANCOUVER: 

Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, 808 Davie Street

Paragon Tea Room, 2207 Cambie Street

RICHMOND

Origo Club, 110-6888 River Road

LANGLEY

Ban Cook Dee, 20563 Douglas Crescent

Food by Fanta @ BCD Academy, #107, 20542 Fraser Hwy


Firecrust Neapolitan Pizzeria, #40, 20160 Langley Bypass

For more details and how to vote for your fave Iced Summer Drink Challenge entry visit vancouverfoodster.com/ice-summer-drink-challenge

Warm up to Hot Chocolate Festival 2019

Hot Chocolate Festival

Winter and Hot Chocolate are perfect match so what could be better than a whole winter month of Hot Chocolate! Presented by Cityfood Magazine, the 9th Annual Hot Chocolate Festival is now  on until February 14th, 2019.

The Festival finds 29 participants around the city creating an offering of 70+ varieties of chocolate drinks.  The Hot Chocolate Festival gives guests the chance to explore Metro Vancouver’s favourite cafes, chocolatiers, patisseries, gelaterias, and restaurants in search of a new favourite Hot Chocolate blend. Created with Milk, Dark and White Chocolates, flavours range from single origin cups, vibrant and spicy blends, liquor and floral infusions, vegan or coconut milk options.

The Festival reaches across Metro Vancouver; Temper Chocolates & Pastry in West Vancouver, to Trafiq Café and Bakery on Main Street, and Gem Chocolates in Kerrisdale or Glenburn Soda Fountain in Burnaby. Why not take in one of the Chocolate Cooking Class at the Trattoria in the Italian Cultural Centre. Visit hotchocolatefest.com to see what the participants have to offer and to download the Hot Chocolate Festival map and guide and see how Hot Chocolate Makes You Happy.

The Hot Chocolate Festival supports the PHS Community Services Society and East Van Roasters’ Downtown Eastside Women’s Job Training Program, Growing Chefs and Fresh to Families. 

Explore Tasting Plates West End – June 20th

Kick off Summer 2018 with a flavourful evening during Vancouver Foodster’s Tasting Plates West End.  As with all Tasting Plates, the neighbourhood’s restaurants and eateries will offer participants a tasting plate or cup that best exemplifies their establishment and chef.  During the evening, join other foodies and friends to sip and savour the flavours both new and established.  Visit with others over the bites, as questions of some of the chefs, learn about the West End and enjoy the last day of Spring.

Starting at Milano Coffee at 849 Denman Street, Tasting Platers will check in to receive their Tasting Plate passport and menu, then off they’ll go to complete the passport and get their fill of the West End. Other eateries on Tasting Plates West End, along Denman and Davie Streets, include;

Davie Dosa Company, 1235 Davie Street, Vancouver

Pasture to Plate, 1061 Denman Street, Vancouver

Tartine Bread and Pies, 1069 Davie Street, Vancouver

Izakaya Gon’s, 854 Denman Street, Vancouver

Get your tickets to Tasting Plates West End on Eventbrite now:

Advance Tickets: $45 per person until June 18, 2018
Regular Tickets: $60 per person after June 18, 2018
*Eventbrite fees and tastes extra

Ticket price includes a tasting plates at each of the participating eateries throughout the evening. (Beverages are included at some locations, as noted on menu, you are welcome to purchase wine, beer, cocktails or mocktails at each of the participating restaurants).

Haru Korean Kitchen

Even though Haru Korean Kitchen has been open since the winter, we’ve recently made a couple of visits to try out their stylish and tasty Korean food.

If you follow us, you know we try a lot of Korean restaurants around town, and Haru Korean Kitchen now ranks right up there with our favourites.  The simple and modern, interior decor keeps the attention on the food; large portions, with quick and friendly service.  In addition to being fresh and flavourful, everything we’ve had is visually delicious too, vibrant crisp, colours, add to the appeal.

Traditional Korean dishes line-up alongside special-menu items that introduce West Coast ingredients to the dishes.

Smokes Salmon Bibimbap
Smoked Salmon Bibimbap

The current special menu includes Smoked Salmon Bibimbap, smooth smoked salmon replacing the usual meat. Piled high with fresh julienned vegetables, stacked on multigrain rice, the dish looked more like a salad than a rice bowl.  A fresh and light dish, great for a summer day.

Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk
Bi-Bim-Gook-Su with Soo Yuk

Other items we’ve tried have been equally fresh, and simple.  Another special menu item, Bi-Bim-Gook-Su, is similar to traditional Bibimbap but on buckwheat noodles.
Soo-Yuk is also a special-menu snack item, seasoned steamed sliced pork served with crisp, tangy, pickled radish

 

Ginseng Chicken Stew
Ginseng Chicken Stew

Ginseng Chicken Stew with Sticky Rice (Samgyetang) is an individual size bowl of the classic Korean comfort dish, flavourful shredded chicken with sticky rice, ginseng and other herbs.

 

 

Namul
Namul

Namul, from the snacks menu, is a rainbow of five seasoned vegetables thinly sliced, is another bright summer inspired dish.

 

 

 

Mandu
Mandu

The house-made, pan-fried pork Mandu, also from the snacks menu, are plump, nicely filled, chewy and crispy dumplings. These just maybe pulled up to second place as favourite mandu in Vancouver.

We look forward to trying more of the menu, as we look at other tables, we’re already to make our next orders.

Haru Korean Kitchen is located at 324 Cambie Street, in Gastown, open 7 days per week for Lunch and Dinner.  Find them online at harukoreankitchen.com or Facebook and Instagram